Southern Arizona Ski Area Picks Up More Than A Foot Of Fresh Snow

A Facebook post from officials at Mt. Lemmon in Southern Arizona, the southernmost ski destination in the continental United States, announced that the resort received "16 inches of new snow from the last storm."

The top elevation of Ski Valley is 9,157 feet (2,791 m) above sea level and the resort has 200 skiable acres with 21 runs.

Skiers of Mt. Lemmon were rightfully stoked, writing things such as "more snow is coming so let the party begin!" or the simple but expressive "woohoo!"

Just 5 days earlier, the resort saw a foot of snow.

Fun fact: the name Mt. Lemmon came from its historical creation. "Sara Plumber Lemmon trekked to the top of the mountain with her husband and E. O. Stratton, a local rancher, by horse and foot."

"She is one of the first westerners to ascend Mt. Lemmon, and thus gave Mt. Lemmon its namesake."

Officials of the resort remind people that the "roads are open to 4 wheel drive and chains."

Over my Christmas vacation, my dad and brother biked up Mt. Lemmon, a "must-ride" climb for dedicated cyclists all over the country.

If I'd known it was a ski resort, maybe I could have caught them on the downhill.

Mt. Lemmon Ski Area Stats/Info:

Vertical: 950 ft.

Skiable Terrain: 200 ac.

Average Snowfall: 180 in.

Lifts: 3

Trails: 22

Snowmaking: NO

Night Skiing: NO

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